Lenin Rediscovered : What Is to Be Done? In Context

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books

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V.I. Lenin's What Is to Be Done? has long been seen as the founding document of twentieth-century revolutionaries, revealing Lenin's elitist and manipulative attitude toward workers. In this new translation, with extensive commentary, Lars T. Lih uses hitherto unavailable contextual information to fundamentally challenge this reading.Lars T. Lih is the editor of Stalin's Letters to Molotov and the author of Bread and Authority in Russia, 19141921. He has taught political science at Wellesley College and currently teaches at the McGill School of Music in Montral.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xi
Note on the Textp. xii
Glossaryp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
'The Merger of Socialism and the Worker Movement'p. 41
A Russian Erfurtianp. 111
The Iskra Periodp. 159
Lenin's Significant Others
Russian Foes of Erfurtianismp. 217
A Feud Within Russian Erfurtianismp. 279
The Purposive Worker and the Spread of Awarenessp. 335
The World of What Is to Be Done?
Lenin's Erfurtian Dramap. 387
The Organisational Question: Lenin and the Undergroundp. 433
After the Second Congressp. 489
Conclusionp. 554
Section Analysisp. 561
Scandalous Passagesp. 613
Note on the Translationp. 671
Lenin's What Is to Be Done?p. 673
Forewordp. 677
Dogmatism and 'Freedom of Criticism'p. 681
The Stikhiinost of the Masses and the Purposiveness of Social Democracyp. 700
Tred-iunionist Politics and Social-Democratic Politicsp. 723
The Artisanal Limitations of the Economists and the Organisation of Revolutionariesp. 763
The 'Plan' for an All-Russian Political Newspaperp. 813
Conclusionp. 837
Bibliographyp. 841
Indexp. 853
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